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For many years The Lutheran Concerns Association (LCA) has been a strong voice for true Confessional Lutheranism. Some would say that adding the word true in front of Confessional Lutheranism is redundant because the Lutheran faith of the Confessions is, by its nature, true. The Lutheran Confessions, we rightly claim, are a correct exposition of the Holy Scriptures and so they speak the truth.
In our own Synod some no longer want the Church of our Confessional grandfathers nor (for that matter), our Confessional Reformation fathers. While they wish to retain the mantle of Confessionalism, their positions and actions are inconsistent with Article II of Synod's Constitution which states, The Synod, and every member of the Synod, accepts without reservation:
1. The Scriptures...
2. All the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as a true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God.
They want to keep the name Confessional Lutheran but would render the Synod lacking in its Lutheran substance.
The Lutheran Clarion is not such a voice of equivocation! Rather we of the LCA wish to embody the true meaning of the term Clarion in this publication. As my well-worn Webster s New World Dictionary puts it, ...the sound of a clarion [trumpet], or a sound like this...clear, sharp, and ringing...to announce forcefully or loudly. It is our hope that The Lutheran Clarion will be that clear, sharp, ringing, and forceful voice for true confessional Lutheranism in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is our goal to provide for the consideration of those who hold membership in The LCMS a thoughtful, provocative, well-written counterpoint to what often fills our mailboxes with a counterfeit of true Confessional Lutheranism.
We do this in the hope that our once faithful Synod will be able to recognize the often sugar-coated, pop-Lutheranism presented to us in the official media of the Synod, and by liberal political action groups within The LCMS, for what they actually represent: counterfeit Confessional Lutheranism. It is our sincere hope that The Lutheran Clarion will assist in the efforts of many within our Synod to restore our church body to its former faithfulness and the true meaning of being a Confessional Lutheran Synod.
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